Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town. Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left
Remembrance Ball at The Wiltshire Hotel - 16 November
Having a great evening and raising funds for "The Not Forgotten Association"details
2019 Calendar Launch - 8 September
RWBTRC launched its 2019 Charity Calendar outside the RWB Post Office today at 10.00. Many thanks to those who supported the launch - we got off to a good start with 21 sold already. Look out for them in outlets around the Town from Mondaydetails
RWB Street Collection for Polio Eradication 20 October
please help Rotary to finally eliminate polio worldwidedetails
Youth Challenge at RWB Academy 30 September
Teams of young people from local organisations face a series of mental and physical challenges to win cash for their clubdetails
All photographs on this website are protected by Copyright of WBTRC or the individual photographer
Thought for September
Charity Golf Day Raises over £1600 for the Radiotherapy Appeal
A brilliant day on 15 July saw 18 teams register at Woodbridge Park Golf Club to compete in our annual Texas Scramble competition that was eventually won by a team from The White Hart Hackers who swept the board of prizes with their 5 teams! The course was in great condition - bearing in mind the current heat and lack of rain - thanks to the efforts of Mike Bacon and his team, and there were cold water points around the course donated by Aldi Supermakets. The after-play barbecue was run by Gillian and Bob Vaughan from our Mother Club - RWB&DRC with sous-chef help from 'Friends of Rotary' Eleanor and Jan - who had earlier sold over £350 of raffle tickets! President Ian took the role and responsibility of Scorer and John - with Lesley - was the Starter. Individual holes were sponsored by Club Members and local businesses with an especial thank you to:
Woodbridge Park Golf Club who allowed us to stage the event and provided the bacon buttiees and coffee to kick start the day
Loveday who provided a nice, new ball for every golfer (I wonder how many ended up in the bushes and ditches around the course)
Hulbert & Woodall Print who arranged, transported all sorts of 'stuff' and donated the 'Nearest the Pin' prize - a lob wedge (that's a golf club!!).
All-in-all it was a great day with terrific team work from the Rotarians and Friends and adds another significant donation to the £10,000 that we recently handed over to the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal.
Very many thanks to everyone who contributed to the event in any way - the photographs can be seen via the "Featured Page" above and if anyone would like a better definition version, please email "firstname.lastname@example.org" with the photograph number.
Not a very good metaphor for an ex-Royal Artillery officer but 'President Ian fires the Gun' doesn't sound quite right! Monday 2 July 2018 was an excellent day for the annual Handover Ceremony in conjunction with outgoing President Alan's Night. The event was held at our regular 'home', Marsh Farm Hotel where we wined and dined extremely well - and were then entertained by Bob Charles, an Elvis Tributre Act- and he certainly got us all singing along. But before all that, both outgoing President Alan and incoming President Ian made speeches in which they complimented the Club on a year of excellent friendship and fundraising and encouraged the Membership to continue the good works. Especial mention was made of the two Charity Shops that were run last year under the guidance and exceptional commitment of Marie Bernhardt - who was presented with a bottle of Irish Whiskey as a token of the Club's thanks.
More photographs of the event are available from the "Featured Pages" link above.
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We're Supporting "Brighter Futures"
Please help when you see the Brighter Futures logo
Welcome to the Website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town. We are a small but active group of ladies and men committed to changing people's lives through our fundraising activities in the local community. We have supported charities in our own community and as far afield as Africa, the Far East and the Caribbean. Alongside our charitable work, we aim to have fun and enjoy each other's company through an ongoing programme of meetings and events.
RWBTRC is proud of its connection with the Town which is situated towards the southern extreme of the Cotswolds and just north of the Marlborough Downs. Now a small market town, Royal Wootton Bassett was originally larger than its neighbour, Swindon but has become very well known around the world for the dignified respect that was given when the bodies of servicemen killed overseas were repatriated through nearby RAF Lyneham. As a result of these selfless and spontaneous acts of respect and remembrance, Her Majesty the Queen conferred the title of ‘Royal’ on the Town in October 2011 when HRH The Princess Royal handed the Letters Patent to the Mayor, Councillor Paul Heaphy. Although the repatriations moved to RAF Brize Norton following the closure of RAF Lyneham, the Town - and RWBTRC - maintains close contact with the new occupants of the Lyneham base - The Defence School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering - and the military in general. RWBTRC has been a proud supporter of Help for Heroes through the annual calendar project although, at the moment, all our efforts are focussed on Brighter Futures, the project to bring a radiotherapy capability to the Great Western Hospital (see above). More information on the Community and the Local Area may be found on the Town Council website.
The Club's annual activities have now become focused on 4 activities: a Charity Shop; a Golf Day; a Remembrance Ball and a Charity Calendar. The Charity Shop depends upon the availability of empty premises in the Town and a more permanent site would be welcomed, as it is a very popular 'fundraiser' for the Club's charities raising over £2000 in 2016 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. If any of our readers knows of a suitable shop that we might use, please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' tab at the top of the page.
We have managed, each year, to secure the generous support of local businesses for the calendar so that the Limited Edition print run can been entirely funded by donations. This has meant that every penny raised has, and will, go to "worthy causes" and the sum raised from the 2016 calendar was divided between Help for Heroes, Brighter Futures, and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Local businesses also help our cause by selling the calendars on our behalf. The summer event is the Golf Day, usually held in July and from which the proceeds have recently been channeled to Brighter Futures. In the days leading up to Christmas we take "Father Christmas" in his sleigh around the streets and neighbourhoods of Royal Wootton Bassett with a band of eager helpers and some joyful seasonal music. The wonderful folks of Royal Wootton Bassett regularly donate over £1500 to Rotary charities during the 3 week period.
In addition, we hold annual Street Collections for our Worldwide “End Polio Now” campaign and to raise money to support the victims of natural disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippinnes in November 2013; the generosity of the Townsfolk is always humbling in its selflessness. We also raise funds to send a local teenager each year on Rotary's own "Leadership Award" course.
But our efforts are not solely geared to fund raising, and we have a regular programme of Speaker Evenings and Fellowship Evenings as well as an entry to the District Quiz, District Skittles and - recently - District Boules competitions. Our motto is 'Service Above Self' but we try to make sure that every 'service' or fundraising activity is founded on a strong fellowship between the Members and their families. Recently we have enjoyed Dog-Racing Nights at Blunsdon Stadium, Curry Supper Evenings at the Ganges Restaurant and a Treasure Hunt. We also hold an annual Quiz Night, a Horse Racing Night and produce an entry for the Town's Carnival.
Reports of our past fun and fundraising activities appear on this page for about a month and are then filed under the major activity groups: International, Community and Youth - and Rotary's own charity - Foundation. These folders, photograph galleries and reports can be accessed through the menus at the top of the page.
An Invitation to You
The Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) welcomes visitors to its meetings on a Monday evening and is always seeking to increase the Club membership. Please visit our Meetings and Events pages to see what we do, or Contact us if you would like to send an e-mail to the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club on any topic.
The direct access website address is www.wbtrc.org.uk and if you would like to visit the website of our 'Mother Club' - the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett and District (RWB&DRC) - which meets on a Wednesday lunchtime, please click here.
As a final reminder, there are two Rotary Clubs in Royal Wootton Bassett. This is the website of the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) but the Events calendar sometimes includes events that are being organised by the Royal Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club (RWB&DRC) ; you should go to their Website for more information on these activities.
Meetings and events happening soon
Monday 24th September 19.30
President's Cheese & Wine
Sunday 30th September 09.00
Youth Challenge at RWB Academy 30 September
Teams of young people from local organisations face a series of mental and physical challenges to win cash for their club
Monday 1st October 19.30
Speaker Evening - MFH - Upper Thames Patrol
Bill King returns to the Club! You may remember him from his talk on 'Archaeology in your garage'
Monday 8th October 19.00
Council if Required
Monday 15th October 19.30
Business Meeting - MFH
Saturday 20th October 08.30
RWB Street Collection for Polio Eradication 20 October
please help Rotary to finally eliminate polio worldwide
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(for a 1945 start on the First and Third Monday only - for Second and Fourth Mondays contact Secretary)
The Marsh Farm Hotel, Wootton Bassett, Wilts SN4 8ER 01793 842800